It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Bring on the turkey and candied cranberries! Oh, and don’t forget the hot apple cider, spiced up with some cinnamon sticks.
Now we are all aware how this dance is going to play out. We get invited to 10 different Christmas dinners and get hyped up over all those delicious festive meals. And then we get the Itis. That sleepy feeling of lethargy after eating a huge but satisfying meal? Yep, that’s Itis, my friend. And then we see the aftermath.
You know what I’m talking about. Those extra pounds that crept out of nowhere!
But fear not. We’ve compiled a list of easy ways to stay fit while indulging in healthy Christmas themed recipes. What, you say? You mean to tell me that Meal in a Jar has found a way to have my eggnog AND drink it too?! Yes, yes we have. You’re welcome.
Substitute the traditional favourites like ham and chicken for some omega-3 fats. Salmon is a great alternative as it’s a high-quality protein that has Vitamin B12 and potassium. VB12 is a nutrient that keeps the body’s blood cells and nerves healthy. Potassium works with the electrolytes to regulate the proper amount of fluids in your body. Which you’ll consume a lot of when you attend those office Christmas parties.
Our stay-fit tip? Eat before heading out. We know how tempting it is to go hungry all day to “make room” for all that food you’re going to eat for dinner. But by eating a small meal a few hours before that holiday party, you reduce the temptation to overindulge. Remember, do NOT skip meals, especially breakfast!
Spice things up by taking an Indian dish, then turning it into a vegan and gluten-free Christmas spectacle! Healthy meets comfort food. Roast the squash with the curry and add some mushrooms to balance the sweetness. This dish is full of protein, potassium, vitamins and the lentils make it a very filling meal.
The holidays are all about partying with friends and family, but when you’re not living life on the dance floor, you might find yourself sinking into that soft sofa. Remember our good friend, Itis? Walk around here and there, stretch your limbs, stay active in some way. Just don’t sit still!
If you’re going to go all out with the Christmas drinks, then you have to try this new hot cocoa. Pro tip, you can find dulce de leche over at Bulk Barn. Cozy up in a blanket by the fireplace and sip on some cocoa while spending quality time with family and friends.
With that being said, remember to drink in moderation! Alcohol, carbonated drinks, and other juices are the culprits behind all those consumed calories!
Looking for an easier way to stay healthy over the break? Try our holiday-themed Festivus jar. Enjoy layers of turkey, dried cranberries, sweet potatoes at under 500 calories. This jar will get you ready for the feats of strength after sitting through the airing of grievances
It’s the most, wonderful time, of the year. It’s Christmas! Time for festive lights, family dinner, dressing the tree, and holidays gifts! What’s that? You have no idea what to get anyone so you’re going to wait until the last minute and stress over what to get Aunt Heather and Uncle Rob, just like you do every year? You could do that, or you can check out our Holiday wish list for ideas and inspiration.
Let’s bring back old skool
Know someone who’s looking for healthier ways to indulge? Get them a homemade popcorn maker, and bring back the old skool style. Pop in (see what I did there) some kernels from Bulk Barn, add your favourite seasonings (or load up with butter, you do you) and enjoy!
Speaking of staying healthy
No need to put a cork in it. You like drinking wine. I like drinking wine. You also know that everyone on your wish list likes drinking wine. You know what we all hate though? Those extra empty calories. Why can’t we just have the good things in life? Earlier this month, we learned of SkinnyGirl’s low-calorie wine. Try wines that have around 100 calories and taste like elegance, class, and a whole bunch of things I’m not (after 3 glasses). I stopped listening after reading low-calorie wine. Head over to your nearest LCBO and try a sip!
Be an even more basic b#!&h when making Avocado Toast
This is a little tool that you never thought you needed (you probably still don’t) but it’s super cool so I’m going to tell you about it anyways. It cuts, it pits, and it slices, so you’ll always make the perfect avocado toast for breakfast. If you know someone who absolutely loves avocado and wants to save a bit time in the morning, they’ll definitely love this 3-in-1 slicer and pitter tool.
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!
Are Mom and Dad more of the practical type? Perfect! Gone are the days where we wait for the car to warm up and break out the snow brush. Spending our lovely mornings in the cold Canadian winter where the air hurts our faces, just so we can clear the snow off our cars. Having a windshield snow cover saves time from shoveling snow and breaking the ice off your windows. Now you’ll have more time to send that angry winter snap to all your friends. #whatfriends
So let’s say it’s nearing Christmas and you ignored our wish list ideas (#rude) and are back to stressing for gift ideas. No worries, we have a way for you to help someone start their new year with a healthier lifestyle. We now have our very own gift cards, and get this, you can still save money on them! Gift cards valued at $25 for the price of $20! Redeem this offer with the discount code and save a few dollars off the next meal plan.
And remember. Don't be a Grinch if you're shopping in a pinch!
Obviously, we are talking about cooking here. We get it, our message is always about skipping grocery shopping and skipping cooking blah blah blah. But sometimes you have to cook. If you dread cooking or always end up burning water when you try to boil it, no worries, we have your back. Cooking class is in session, Meal in a Jar Style.
Grab yourself a Cowboy Casserole or Naked Beef Burrito jar and two fajita wraps. Shake up those jars and put the contents on the wraps. If you want to know how to wrap a perfect fajita check out this tutorial Then pan fry your nicely wrapped fajita for 3 minutes per side on low/medium heat to give it a nice brown colour. Voila, it's fiesta time with Meal in a Jar.
You'll need some shredded cheese of your choice, feta, oven-ready lasagna and 2 Zucchini Beef Houdini jars. Mix the two jars together in a bowl and then layer it with feta and shredded cheese. Then sprinkle some extra cheese on top for more cheesy goodness. Did we mention more cheese? Wrap the tray up with tin foil and slide that sucker in the oven for 40 min @ 400F. After 40 minutes, take the foil off and add more cheese. Pop it in for another 15 min. You'll make your Italian friends proud, just make sure not to overcook it or you might end up sleeping with the fishes.
Are you in a pinch to make breakfast for yourself and the unexpected guest who spent the night? No worries, just scramble 3 eggs, add a Pulled Pork & Smashed potato jar, pour into a frying pan over medium heat and boom, breakfast is served.
Boil some udon noodles in beef broth, then add a Beef Teriyaki jar and a boiled egg. Cook the egg to whatever yolk runniness you like. If you are curious as to how to do that check out this step-by-step guide
We make it easy for you to unleash your inner Gordon Ramsay. If you do end up making any of these, or something else yourself, be sure to let us know and send us a picture. The best part is all of our jars are already fully cooked, so you won't experience something like this...